Link: “Altruism in birds? Magpies have outwitted scientists by helping each other remove tracking devices”
During our pilot study, we found out how quickly magpies team up to solve a group problem. Within ten minutes of fitting the final tracker, we witnessed an adult female without a tracker working with her bill to try and remove the harness off of a younger bird.
Within hours, most of the other trackers had been removed. By day 3, even the dominant male of the group had its tracker successfully dismantled.
Thanks to Miraz for making sure I saw this! Magpies are awesome 😃